If an archivist could digitize only one thing…

When moderator Beth Luey wrapped things up at Archival Access Online, she pointed out that the panelists are like renaissance people; they all have:

  • subject knowledge
  • editorial process knowledge
  • technical knowledge

But my aha moment of the night was when Luey said “As a researcher, if an archivist can only digitize one thing, I want the finding aid.  What do you have?”  I get so caught up thinking about the complexities involved in digitizing massive collections.  When Luey started that sentence, my mind was scrambling all over the place looking for the answer – but the answer is so simple, so obvious.  As I study to become an archivist or librarian, gotta learn to prioritize the needs of the user.


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